A. Lee Graham
Reconstruction of Benbrook Boulevard-U.S. 377 begins this month, with the $19 million project expected to improve mobility and safety between Interstate 20 and Winscott Road-Lakeway Drive in Benbrook.
Plans call for widening Benbrook Boulevard-U.S. 377 from four to six lanes, adding raised curb medians with left turn bays and installing curbs and gutters. When construction ends, the city plans to beautify the area with additional landscaping.
Overseeing the 1.3-mile project are the city and the Texas Department of Transportation.
“Benbrook Boulevard-U.S. 377 is the heart of our city, and we are looking forward to the improvements this expansion project will provide us,” said Benbrook Mayor Dr. Jerry Dittrich in a news release.
“We realize that it will be inconvenient to travel in this area over the next two years, but we hope we will minimize issues, congestion and confusion through timely communication,” Dittrich said.
During most of the construction, two lanes of traffic will flow in each direction. Daytime closures and multi-lane closures resulting from traffic switches will occasionally be necessary, according to city officials. But most of the construction will occur behind barriers and major intersections will continue to have left turn lanes.
“The reconstruction of Benbrook Boulevard-U.S. 377 will greatly improve safety for motorists and reduce congestion,” said Fort Worth District Engineer Brian Barth.
“It will continue to serve as an important thoroughfare in Southwest Tarrant County,” Barth said.
The project was awarded to Sterling Delaware Holding Co. and is set for completion in 2017. More information is available at www.benbrookboulevard.com.